A Health Insurance Memoir
Hardcover ISBN: 0803226233
Growing up in middle-class middle America, Sonya Huber viewed health care as did most of her peers: as an inconvenience or not at all. There were braces and cavities, medications and stitches, the family doctor and the local dentist. Finding herself without health insurance after college graduation, she didn’t worry. It was a temporary problem. Thirteen years and twenty-three jobs later, her view of the matter was quite different. Huber’s irreverent and affecting memoir of navigating the nation’s health-care system brings an awful and necessary dose of reality to the political debates and propaganda surrounding health-care reform. “I look like any other upwardly mobile hipster,” Huber says. “I carry a messenger bag, a few master’s degrees, and a toddler raised on organic milk.” What’s not evident, however, is that she is a veteran of Medicaid and WIC, the federal government’s supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children. In Cover Me, Huber tells a story that is at once all too familiar and rarely told: of being pushed to the edge by worry; of the adamant belief that better care was out there; of taking one mind-numbing job after another in pursuit of health insurance, only to find herself scrounging through the trash heap of our nation’s health-care system for tips and tricks that might mean the difference between life and death.
Crisis in the Red Zone
The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0812998839
The best-selling author of The Hot Zone presents an urgent call to action that traces the deadly Ebola epidemic of 2013-2014 while making cautionary predictions about the future of emerging viruses. TV tie-in. Maps.
Crossing the Quality Chasm
A New Health System for the 21st Century
Hardcover ISBN: 0309072808
Studying health care organizations as complex systems, this book identifies practices impeding quality medical care and recommends principles and systems approaches for implementing change. The book calls on policy makers, health care leaders, clinicians, and regulators to radically change the American health care system so as to reduce the occurrences of medical errors. Guidelines for patient-clinician relationships, performance expectations, organization frameworks emphasizing accountability, and steps to promoting evidence-based practice are all included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Los Angeles Women and Public Health Reform
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0813545285
Koslow (history, Florida State U.) provides a study of the impact of women on remaking health policy in Progressive-era Los Angeles, and how they laid the groundwork for the state to realize its responsibility for protecting and promoting the public's health. Focusing on five areas important at the turn of the twentieth century, she discusses how women implemented health care reform and civic programs in community nursing, housing reform, milk sanitation, childbirth, and the campaign against venereal disease, also within the context of the city's multicultural nature. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Cure in the Code
How 20th Century Law Is Undermining 21st Century Medicine
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0465050689
A scientific and public policy expert reveals the revolutionary potential of molecular medicine while calling for an update of the regulatory system that is threatening it, citing innumerable fatal diseases that may be cured while explaining how incompatible drug-approval protocols are ill-equipped to appropriately meet current needs.
A Doctor's View on How Our Health Care System Is Failing Older Americans and How We Can Fix It
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1501702777
Maintains that the current Medicare payment structure favors aggressive care that can negatively impact quality of life over palliative and home care which often yields better results, and argues for cost-effective changes that can make Medicare more humane.
Our War Against Killer Germs
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0316343692
Describes what can be done to protect against infectious diseases that can challenge world order, separating fact from fiction and detailing the plans and resources that should be put into place before the next pandemic strikes.